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News Director



News Director

WHBF TV, the CBS affiliate in Rock Island, IL (Mkt #101) seeks a dynamic News Director to lead our team. We’re a growing team, so you need to be able to hit the ground running.  This is a terrific opportunity for an experienced journalist who can lead, teach and mentor our team.  Our focus is “local” so you need to be strong in how to put stories in context and win the big coverage events as well as weather.  You’ll need to be well versed in digital and social.

Other qualifications include a strong background in producing newscasts with an emphasis on local enterprise stories.  How to generate good storytelling and your ability to coach this important skill will be essential.  We need a “hands on leader” and not a desk jockey. 

The Quad Cities is an exceptional place to live and raise a family. Strong family values in a picturesque Midwest setting, with the mighty Mississippi River rolling through the heart of it all, bordering IA and IL.  Easy travel to Chicago, Des Moines, Madison and St. Louis.  Active communities with numerous fairs, festivals and activities for all, throughout the year.  Home of John Deere World HQ, Arconic and Rock Island Arsenal (1st Army), along with the John Deere Classic PGA event.  

 If you eat, breathe and sleep local news, send a resume and a letter detailing why you are uniquely qualified to be our next News Director.  

Vacancy Type:
Full Time
Date Posted:
Closing Date:
Rock Island - 61201

Work experience and education required for position:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and work related experience
  • Minimum five years’ experience in news programming production, with at least two years’ experience in a leadership role. (More or less depending on market size.)
  • Experience guiding, directing and motivating subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Experience establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
  • Ability to identify the developmental needs of others and to coach, mentor or otherwise help others to improve their knowledge or skills.
  • Experience preparing and maintaining departmental budgets.
  • Proficiency with computers, telephones, copiers, scanners, fax machines and other office equipment.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, prioritize assignments and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to effectively listen to fully understand employee needs and communicate with a team to shape a solution.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:  

• Manages all aspects of the News Department (other than Production.)

• Plans and manages staffing, training, and performance evaluations for the News Department.

• Makes decisions regarding hiring, evaluation, promotion and termination of employees.

• Develops news coverage strategy for the station and its website.

• Critiques newscasts on a daily basis to correct errors, improve coverage and provide mentoring feedback to news staff.

• Assigns projects to staff and verifies that deadlines are being met.

• Ensures achievement of viewer rating goals.

• Determines programming and evaluation of equipment needs to produce quality programming.

• Responds to coverage questions.

• Works with other senior station leaders to establish and reach station goals.

• Performs other duties as assigned.  

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